Snowed In? Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

Every once in a while, I go through my supply of nutritional supplements, over the counter (OTC) drugs and hand and body items and start checking dates and organizing them.  This is the perfect time to do that.   Start by flipping over all those bottles and checking the dates.  You know what to do if the day has passed.  If you find that you continue to throw out the same product over and over again, it may be time to re-prioritize your nutritional needs.  For example, you keep buying the 6 per day multivitamin, but you never take it because it seems overwhelming… switch to a 1 per day or a 2 per day multivitamin.

Here are some tips to make the most of your nutritional products and OTC :

1. Store these items in a cool place.  The bathroom is not a great place. The constant heat from showers/bath can affect the effectiveness of your products.

2. Check the dates before you buy.  If you buy a 3 month supply of Omega 3s, then make sure the date will last you through that.

3. Read and follow the instructions on the labels. If the product tells you to keep it refrigerated, then make sure you do that.

4. If you have purchased supplements and can’t remember why you wanted them or needed them, contact a nutrition expert or pharmacist to help you sort them out.

5. Same goes for prescription drugs.  Talk to a pharmacist if you have OTCs or prescriptions that you aren’t sure you should keep or throw out

I hope that you have find some time to clean out that cabinet and simplify your needs. And remember – we are here to help you.  Happy organizing!

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Pathway Neuromins: The Vegetarian DHA Supplement

Interested in the benefits that omega 3’s provide but don’t want to a fish source? Neuromins may be for you.  Neuromins is derived from algae grown outside the ocean, so you don’t have to worry about ocean-borne pollutants.  Neuromins DHA is also the only FDA approved omega 3 supplement to be put in infant formula.

So what are the benefits of DHA?  There really are plenty, but here are three that demonstrate that everyone from infants to adults can benefit from this supplement. Continue reading “Pathway Neuromins: The Vegetarian DHA Supplement”

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Village Green Offers Kosher Supplements

According to, over 5 million Americans shop for kosher products every day.  What does kosher mean for supplements?  Well, very simply, supplements that are kosher have been put through rigorous hygienic controls and also are certified by different kosher agencies.  Look for kosher symbols on labels. Kosher symbols not only ensure that the food is kosher, they also identify the kosher certifying organization that issued the certification. 

Solgar and Bluebonnett vitamins are just two of the companies Village Green carries that have kosher supplements.  For more information, please contact Village Green.

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Are You Getting Too Many Vitamins?

Everyone wonders what vitamins they should be taking.  Even I sometimes wonder if I am overdoing it.  Besides a multi-vitamin, essential fatty acids and some digestive aids, what else should I be taking?

Spectracell Nutrient Analysis can help you determine that.  A simple blood test measures levels of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential micronutrients in your white blood cells (lymphocytes).   This will give nutrient levels over a 4-6 month period (rather than a snapshot  of nutrient intake).  Did you know that the Journal of the American Medical Association connects nutrient deficiencies to disease processes? The best part of the Spectracell test is that it is covered by most health insurance plans.  

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Stock Up & Save at Our Big Year End Sale!‏

Be sure to stop by Village Green now through January 2nd and take advantage of our Big Year-End Sale. For this limited time you’ll save 35% on Pathway brand products, 25% on other nutritional supplement and 20% on natural beauty care products. Stop by the store at 5415 W. Cedar Lane in Bethesda or shop online. We have extra staffing on-hand to help you with your purchases and our nutrition advisors are available to offer personalized advice for all your health-related questions.

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